Review Category : Arts

5 Questions with …

MUSE spoke to artist Julia Elsas, a graduating student in the UC Davis MFA program. Elsas and four other graduating students - Crystal Haueter, Cynthia Horn, Evie Leder and Josh Short - present their work at the 2009 MFA Exhibition, currently on display at the Nelson Gallery in the Art Building.

 

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Arts Week

MUSIC

Multimedia Ensemble

Today, 8 p.m., free

Technocultural Studies Building (formerly the Art Annex)

Silent films are like a blank slate for musicians, and the UC Davis Multimedia Ensemble definitely cultivated a new idea when they scored Yasujiro Ozu's 1934 silent film A Story of Floating Weeds. Led by music department lecturer Sam Nichols, the film is sure to provide an avant-garde and experimental version of one of film's early forms.

 

Ian McFeron Band, Shannon Harney

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CD Review

Since the release of their tantalizing indie-pop EP, Chunk of Change, Passion Pit has been gaining popularity among hipsters all over the world.

The six-track-long anthology was a Valentine's Day gift for lead singer Michael Angelakos' girlfriend at the time and eventually circulated around Emerson College, where Angelakos was attending school.

Soon after the mid-September release of Chunk of Change, Passion Pit's music has been slowly introduced to the world by corporations such as PlayStation, MTV, Pitchfork and BBC's Sound of 2009.

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Variations on a Theme

Alas, here we reach the end, good readers. A good 28 weeks of you putting up with my Thursday antics really have gone by quickly, now haven't they?

And with my graduation coming up, it's an especially vulnerable time for me to get all gooey on you. But the only tears that will be shed will be the ones from my right eye as it heals from a corneal ulcer, because I plan to leave on a contemplative yet light-hearted note.

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In Step with Shakespeare

An imprisoned princess, a plotting stepbrother, forbidden love and a bet. That Shakespeare sure did know how to write a story.

This Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., the Integrated Studies 8B: Playing Shakespeare class will perform Shakespeare's Cymbeline in Wyatt Theatre. The event is sponsored by the University Writing Program and the performance is free.

The Playing Shakespeare class is offered every spring quarter and is taught by Dr. Eric Schroeder. Schroeder is known for wanting to study and perform each of Shakespeare's plays in the class first, before repeating any. As Cymbeline is not one of Shakespeare's most popular plays, this production will be full of surprises.

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Operation DeGeneres

On May 16, First Lady Michelle Obama delivered a commencement speech at UC Merced. After noticing the campuswide effort that motivated the first lady to speak, two UC Davis students were inspired to get a different inspirational woman to speak at UCD.

Operation DeGeneres is a movement on campus with the main purpose of wooing Ellen DeGeneres to the UCD campus to speak. Many of those behind the project believe DeGeneres' appearance would be a great way to attract more attention to the often-overlooked UC Davis.

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Less Alternative Rock, More 90s

It's time to add another business to the list of things lost in the Sacramento area due to the faltering economy.

Alternative rock music listeners will have to go somewhere else to get their radio fix as KWOD 106.5 FM "Everything Alternative" shut down after 18 years on the dial. At 9 a.m. on May 22, KWOD played their last song - "Short Skirt Long Jacket" by Cake - and switched over to KBZC 106.5 FM "The Buzz", a station set to play exclusively 90s music.

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A collaborative effort

If you've got that urge to create, you have more options for expression than those art studio classes that you can't really fit in your schedule.

Co/Lab is a loosely organized club made up of mostly UC Davis students whose mission is simple: to create art in a fun, collaborative way.

Works from the Co/Lab will be on display today through June 12 in the Art Lounge, located on the second floor of the Memorial Union. A reception will be held today at 5 p.m. in the Art Lounge.

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Variations on a Theme

I've been writing for The Aggie for a little over two years now, and I have a confession to make: I've always wanted to be the weather(wo)man.

Really, though, Aggie weatherman Jon Gold's got a pretty sweet deal. He gets his own space every Monday through Thursday to comment on anything he wants - and on the front page, to boot!

Having my own column, I suppose I get the same perks. But they say that brevity is the soul of wit, so 20 column inches of "well-focused" text sometimes makes writing feel like a burden more than a blessing.

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Student-run design company branches out

The Imaginary Zebra (TIZ) was born out of a mixture of graffiti and modern art, freedom of expression and imagination.

Founded in 2006 by junior managerial economics major Benson Chou, TIZ specializes in custom designed clothing - currently, T-shirts with an aim to expand - and creative performances at events.

TIZ began as Chou's graffiti crew in high school. Upon graduation, he transformed the crew into the professional company that it is today.

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Direction in the art world

In today's world, career advice for anyone interested in the arts is usually less than optimistic - simply glancing at any front page of the New York Times will likely offer such conclusions.

MUSE interviewed three representatives in the three broad fields of visual arts, film and creative writing to lay down the basics of preparing for an art career in and after college.

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Arts Week

MUSIC

Relient K, Owl City, Runner Runner

Today, 8 p.m., $18 in advance, $20 day of show

The Boardwalk in Orangevale

I was born secular, but that doesn't mean that I can't appreciate the agreeable, if not catchy, pop punk of Ohio group Relient K, even if they make the occasional illusion to the man upstairs. They certainly are sneaky about it, those ones.

 

UNITY

Today, 8 p.m., $10 in advance

Freeborn Hall

Other than the Wellman Pit during Whole Earth Festival, I don't see electronic music getting its fair share of attention on campus. This scarcity ...

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Physics, art and the world of tomorrow

Although he graduated from UC Davis in 1983 with a degree in physics, award-winning writer and cartoonist Brian Fies has found himself using his knowledge of science to make art.

Fies' second graphic novel, Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow?, will be released in mid-June. Examining the 20th century, the novel explores the bygone golden age of technology and puzzles over its disappearance.

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Music Review

If a band could personify a season, Shayna and the Bulldog would be summer. This four-member Davis band is bluegrass meets rock n' roll, bringing the kind of energy and catchy lyrics to their songs that make you want to get out and enjoy the sunny weather.

They will be performing this Friday at Sophia's Thai Kitchen at 10 p.m. The bar area is open only to the 21-and-over crowd, but underage visitors can attend the show for free on Balcony B across from the restaurant's patio.

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The Submarines surface at the Coho tonight

From introducing the public to Feist's "1234" to popularizing Chairlift's "Bruises," Apple Inc. advertisers are certified professionals when it comes to discovering hip, up-and-coming artists and sharing their music with the rest of the world.

The Submarines, whose single "You Me & the Bourgeoisie" was featured in an iPhone commercial late last year, will be performing with Red Cortez tonight at the ASUCD Coffee House. The show takes place at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 with a student ID.

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